This concise introduction provides an overview of the state of research on women's history in the early modern period. It emcompasses a guide to the historiography, an assessment of the major debates, and information about the varied sources available for women's history in this period. Arranged around familiar themes - the family, work, religion, education - the book presents a comprehensive survey of the social, economic and political position of women in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Women, Gender and Patriarchy; Chapter 2 Historiography and Debate; Chapter 3 Historical Sources; Chapter 4 The Nature of Women; Chapter 5 Literacy and Education; Chapter 6 Politics; Chapter 7 The Family; Chapter 8 Work; Chapter 9 Religion; Chapter 10 Crime and the Courts;